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STD Prevention Program Specialist

Date Posted:  Oct 14, 2021
Requisition ID:  273965

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


About the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH):  
The Indiana Department of Health’s mission is to promote and provide essential public health services for a healthier and safer state.


Salary Information:
This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $37,778.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

About the Job:

This position will assist in the implementation of operational and surveillance protocols pertaining to statewide Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) program development, as well as standardization of internal and external policies and procedures. This position will also assist in the oversight of Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) districts (grantees). This oversight includes but is not limited to the following activities: standard review of DIS case investigations, provide technical assistance as needed to the DIS and assistance in managing district priorities and caseload, assist in the training of the DIS, assist in the Work Improvement of a DIS, and assist in developing relationships between the DIS and STD providers. The STD Specialist will be responsible for the supervision, direction, and training of Direct Reports, who are state-employed DIS. This position will also be responsible for conducting at minimum two site audits on an annual basis to ensure STD Districts are fulfilling grantee requirements set forth by the STD Prevention Program. Additionally, this position be responsible for the coordination and oversight of aspecial STD project assigned by the Operations Manager. Lastly, this position will perform other duties as assigned by the STD Prevention Program Director and STD Operations Manager.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Monitoring of Partner Services performance through quality assurance site audits, serving as the liaison between the STD Program and the District assigned to be overseen, hosting check-ins on a weekly or bi-weekly basis with local DIS, assisting in the development of performance measures for the evaluation of Partner Services and DIS activities, assisting in the development of standardized policies/procedures that integrate DIS and Partner Services Program activities, and work to integrate HIV and STD Preventions Programs at the state and local levels.
  • This position will be required to work on federal STD Grant objectives and assist with case investigations and record management of the STD Prevention Program.
  • This position will also assist the Operations Manager in local operations by ensuring DIS programs are abiding by their contract agreements.
  • This position will assist in the monitoring and surveillance of STD investigations in the state of Indiana. 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Extensive knowledge of and the ability to interpret federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, and policies pertaining to HIV and STD infections and surveillance activities.
  • Extensive knowledge of record management, problem identification/solving methods, consultation methods, and the ability to apply these to HIV and STD Prevention and Surveillance activities.
  • Ability to effectively and appropriately represent the Program, the Division, and/or Agency at local, state, or nationwide events regarding population health and public health.
  • Ability to work effectively with external organizations, individuals, health care professionals, and clinic staff.
  • Ability communicate effectively verbally in-person or over the phone with direct team members, division members, and external partners. Ability to communicate effectively in writing and in an appropriate style for government documents.
  • Ability to work with and maintain confidential information and security of HIV and STD surveillance data.
  • Ability to learn about state and federal departments and agencies which have programs or services working with and for HIV and STD Surveillance.
  • Ability to complete with 80% passing or higher, CDC's federal training for STD Programs called, "Passport to Partner Services" and final Authorization Training. Ability to maintain this knowledge and help grantees learn and implement this information.
  • Ability to learn and use Microsoft programs, including but not limited to Outlook, Teams, Excel, Word and
  • Publisher. Additionally, ability to use programs such as Adobe Acrobat, and videoconferencing services such as Zoom or WebEx.
  • Ability to travel throughout Indiana, sometimes on emergency notice, including overnight travel.
  • Ability to elicit sensitive information from patients with STDs or HIV regarding lifestyle choices (including substance use), sexual practices, and barriers faced to safer sexual experiences in a non-judgmental manner.
  • Ability to discuss with medical providers and medical staff the CDC's recommendations for treatment and prevention and appropriately advise on these subjects in regards to a patient's STD care. Additionally, the ability to appropriately advise grantees and their sites on the CDC's recommendations for treatment and prevention.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-sufficient as well as the ability to work within a team on shared tasks, projects, or assignments. Additionally, the ability to provide appropriate report of activities completed independently.
  • Ability to effectively advise grantees and direct reports by providing constructive, positive feedback and engaging in growth-driven performance review with direct reports.
  • Ability in managing time effectively and the ability to maintain organization throughout all projects and tasks.
  • Ability to engage in professional development education and trainings.
  • Ability to be manage and adequately work on multiple high priority tasks/projects at one time with varying or simaltaneous due dates. Ability to effectively manage multiple projects or tasks that may have a variety of work methods.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, evolving environment and the ability to synthesize and integrate new, evidence-based public health research and models.
  • Ability to supervise a minimum of one staff members

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages 
  • Wellness program (offers premiums discount for the medical plan) 
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution) 
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options 
  • Group life insurance 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off 
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs 
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • New Parent Leave 
  • Free Parking 
  • Free LinkedIn Learning 


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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